Earlier this week on the blog, the 10-22mm Canon was reviewed, and in the comments, Julie asked if I could provide some comparison shots. So, in the interests of demonstrating the perspective change (and provide a few sample shots of things I thought came out well), here’s a plethora of photos. First, the comparisons… all shots were done at 1/50th, f5.0 and ISO 800 from a range of 5 feet, 10 feet, and 15 feet, and pointed straight on at the door. No post processing was done in order to preserve as “raw” a comparison as possible…
At 5 feet on the kit 18-55mm
Now5 feet with the 10-22mm:
Notice how much more of a range of view the 10-22 has even at 10 feet? So much more can be seen now both high and low (notice the tape measure I have in there for scale?)! Moving right along…
Here’s 10 feet on the kit 18-55
And the 10-22 at 10 feet:
Again, even more range of view both top to bottom and left to right (see the book case?) But as we go wider the differences get even more pronounced!
Finally, the kit 18-55 at 15 feet:
And the 10-22mm at 15 feet:
So, you can see why wide angle lenses work well in real estate, eh? Wide angles are particularly useful in capturing architecture, and their prominence in this specific field is very well known!
Other genres of photography can benefit from its use though. Remember the HDR shots I put up last week? These were both taken with the wide angle:
So, landscapes can also benefit from using a wide angle lens. But what about portrait work? Here is where the “group” mentality can come into play. Here’s a shot from a family reunion I took after acquiring this lens (that’s me on the far side, camera right):
You want to be careful about using it for close-up portrait work though, because distortion can work against you, producing unflattering looks (I am intentionally using a super small file size here because it’s really not flattering at all if used wrong):
But of course, this is how the now famous “dog” pictures were developed, so you can try it yourself for unique looks:
So, that’s the ups and downs, the los and highs, the pros and cons of the 10-22. In closing, here’s a parting shot I took from the island in SC where we were having family photo ops and fun!
Try getting that without a wide angle! 🙂 Happy shooting and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!